Let's Talk About After Effects

Let's Talk About After Effects

Created by Surfaced Studio
2 Years Ago
June 28, 2018 @ 8:22 am
Hi guys!

Welcome to my After Effects Forum!

In here you can ask questions, share your work (be careful with copyrighted content , get feedback, help and more.

This is my first time running a forum so please allow for a bit of time for me to figure everything out. I might move some topics around or merge forums if it becomes more easy to manage that way.

In the end I want this to be a friendly, constructive and supportive space for everyone!

If you have any questions, please post them up here or shoot me a message via my Contact page .


2 Years Ago
June 29, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Happy to be here Tobias.. you have already been such a great help with your tutorials and courses, as well as personal advice.. frankly, you have been a great inspiration and I look forward to continuing to learn from you.. big respect my friend..

I have several complex VFX shots planned for my upcoming Indie film Gabriel AD 2016, including characters that burst into flames, characters that fly, characters that eyes change colour and a few other special shots that I will definitely seek advice on when the time comes..

Keep up the great work mate, really enjoy being part of all you share and do..

Gary Hartley
2 Years Ago
June 29, 2018 @ 1:07 pm
Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for your kind words and helping test out my forums

Sounds like you have an exciting project coming up! Do let me know how you go and post any questions / issues you may have in this forum.

I haven't made any official announcements yet, but I do plan to make these forums the main way to keep in touch with me. YouTube is getting too hard to manage and I am in need of a better way to help people out and keep everything together and organised.

Thank you very much for all your (continued) support! I really appreciate your help!


2 Years Ago
June 29, 2018 @ 8:42 pm
We ran out of cat food...
2 Years Ago
July 6, 2018 @ 9:10 pm
Hey man, there is my problem, a background upon my body. Don't pay attention to white square, just cut out my face.
2 Years Ago
July 6, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

Unfortunately I cannot tell what effects, blend modes or masks you may have applied to those layers from the screenshot alone.

If you are just getting started with After Effects, check out my Absolute Beginner tutorial series

Once you understand the basics (and especially blend modes and masking), you should have no problem:

2 Years Ago
July 9, 2018 @ 11:20 am
Hello Tobias! I'm in my 2nd month of learning AE and Hitfilm. Having a great time. Your tutorials are the best!
2 Years Ago
July 9, 2018 @ 0:33 pm
Hi @Sardond!
Thank you for the friendly comment and welcome

It's nice to have you on here and hopefully it'll be a useful place to ask questions and get feedback and answers.

I'm really excited that there's actually people rocking up. Would be a pretty empty forum otherwise haha!
2 Years Ago
July 10, 2018 @ 0:06 am
Hi Tobias,have been a longterm fan of your tutorials and sense of humour.I think these forums are a great idea

and will be a great help to many people in the future i am sure.

Thanks a lot.
2 Years Ago
July 10, 2018 @ 0:16 am
Hello, Tobias,

Nice that you now also have a forum.

I am Maik, I am 30 years old this month and come from Germany.

I've been using After Effects since March. I saw some "travel videos" on YouTube, so I can't get past Sam Kolder. Here I wondered how he gets such cool effects in his films, how texts are aligned to objects and how he gets the colors so wonderfully. At the same time I saw "Action Movie Kid". A great series of films where the father makes an action film with his children, or little scenes where a jet flies over him, the boat on the playground ports itself to a ship on the open sea and much more.

The desire to create something like this was awakened.

After some research I came across After Effects.

I knew this software existed because I liked to work with Photoshop or Affinity Photo in the past, but video editing was usually one level too high for me.

Nevertheless, I finished the After-Effects Adobe subscription and just got started. After a short time I came to your channel and there I found exactly what I wanted. Short videos to the point.

Now I have some tutorials from you through and look forward to more.

At the same time I plan to start with Blender, because I would like to include new objects in existing videos. I know that it works with Element 3D, but for now the price is too high (especially with all required plugins).

Look forward to more and greetings from Germany.

2 Years Ago
July 10, 2018 @ 0:44 pm
Hi MuckyMan!

Thank you for your friendly comment

Hopefully it'll be a useful space for everyone going forward. I've never run forums so it'll definitely be an interesting experience.
2 Years Ago
July 16, 2018 @ 8:34 am
@pAnatiC same here. I already started blender and I can tell you don't worry about it. Blender has a plugin which allows you to export files like c4d does which means even cameras and lights will be exported. I worked with c4d and blender, as a private person blender is so much better just be you find detailed information everywhere!
2 Years Ago
July 17, 2018 @ 7:55 am
I simply HAVE to have After Effects in my arsenal.
I LOVE what it enables me to do - and what I want to do from now on is VFX - no matter how basic it seems to other folk. I need it like a gardener needs a mower!
2 Years Ago
July 22, 2018 @ 0:48 am
Hello everyone!

Hello Tobias! Love your videos!

My name is Leon. I would say my After Effects level is around the Intermediate level.

I was watching this video on YouTube called “Action Movie Kid Vol 2” The video went viral a while back and I think it was on the news too. It’s full of several vfx shots and in it around the 2:14 mark, the kid is hanging off the edge of a building.

I was wondering how can this be done at a basic level in After Effects?

I also wanted to ask you Tobias, if maybe you could do a video an how to achieve this effect.

Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/PHjvySrshVI

2 Years Ago
July 22, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

Thanks Tobias.. Just completed my third UDemy course from you.. good course mate.. much enjoyed.. cheers.. can't wait for intermediate and advanced courses in the future!!
2 Years Ago
August 1, 2018 @ 7:15 am
My new short short.

After Effects / iPhone 7 / Premiere Pro / Blender / Blue Yeti

2 Years Ago
August 12, 2018 @ 6:13 am
Thanks for all these spaces you have Created for us all Tobias!

Hey everybody! I hope this is okay to post here? I have been watching so many YouTube tutorials, joined many Adobe after effects Facebook pages! Was helped with figuring out parts of a intro I am trying to create and bring to life but I am feeling like I am getting no where other than bummed and stressed out

I even got help from Rick Gerard! That's pretty Amazing!!! But I am confused by his directions or I can't seem to get them to work as I am on a surface and I can't tell if I am doing the right buttons and if I am, why what I need to work is not working

I don't know if my wording is understandable but these are the post I have tried to get help on...

Hello, I maybe using the wrong wording? But what I am thinking is I have a image of a light bulb that I would like to be traced by sparks to create the outline of the image then I will make the light flicker and then be bright...

I don't know if this is the same but I have been trying to find a way to get a lens flare to follow the outline of a image make it trace the image so that the outline is lit and then the image is revealed in the outline?

It's great learning that what I am trying to accomplish can be done, but it's also been really hard and sad to go through tutorials and hrs of trying things over and over and finding nothing that seems to work or if it is working not being able to be told where my mistakes are that maybe preventing my ideas becoming visually seen.

If what I am trying for is so easy why is it not coming to life or been seen on YouTube:(

Thanks for reading.....
2 Years Ago
August 15, 2018 @ 1:26 pm
Hello everyone.

I am from Singapore. I have been learning after effects for fun since January 2018.

Hi Tobias, i like your tutorials on after effects.

Initially i thought i could also learn Houdini from you but unfortunately there has been no more new tutorial posted. Anyway, thanks for making learning after effects so easy and fun.
2 Years Ago
August 16, 2018 @ 2:25 am

Hi! After effects is frustrating at first! Then i saw Surfaced studio tutorials and now i am able to do all kinds of effects by my own! Tobias and Walter together explain it beautifully! I suggest you watch his basics of After effects playlist on his channel first! "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyvyRKtvGXU&list=PLs2aOcA-EaLOkeCowZNSQswwrOcgsSn7C"

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